5 ways to improve your major pentatonic licks

Albert Lee
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The Major Pentatonic provides a great alternative to the standard Major scale, and is common in country, blues, and rock, through to indie and pop. Like the Minor Pentatonic, it features a five-note formula but with the intervals 1-2-3-5-6 instead of the Minor’s 1-b3-4-5-b7. 

Perhaps the most helpful aspect of this scale and its five fretboard positions is that it uses the exact same shapes as the Minor Pentatonic, based on each other’s relative Major and Minor scale. For example, E Minor Pentatonic uses the same shapes as G Major Pentatonic. 

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Simon Barnard

Simon is a graduate of the UK's Academy of Contemporary Music and The Guitar Institute, and holds a Masters degree in music. He teaches, examines and plays everything from rock to jazz.